FHR are extremely excited to announce a new joint venture with the ARCHIVE OF RECORDED SOUND (ARS). More details to follow but we will be releasing a number of brilliant unreleased early stereo recordings (mainly EMI). We are thrilled to be able to work with ASR, publishing some really interesting and rare historical recordings.
Exciting news! Later this year we will release the very final recital the soprano GUNDULA JANOWITZ gave before she retired from singing, which she made with pianist CHARLES SPENCER. It will be the recording’s first ever publication! She was one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century and for FHR to have her personal blessing to release this, is an unbelievable honour.
This remarkable 1999 concert, recorded at the Herodes Atticus Odeon in Athens, was a recital in memoriam of MARIA CALLAS, which was held on 16th September (day of Callas’ death). This was truly JANOWITZ’s swansong, her farewell to a miraculous performing career.
The release will also tie in with JANOWITZ’s 80th birthday this year, as well as the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’ death. And what is on the menu?:
FHR have just signed our biggest distribution deal with Dutch company New Arts International/Challenge, who will now distribute the FHR catalogue in the following regions: GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, LUXEMBOURG, FRANCE, ITALY, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, DENMARK, POLAND, GREECE, AUSTRALIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, HONG KONG, CHINA, TAIWAN, THAILAND, SINGAPORE, SOUTH KOREA.
Looking forward to a new relation with New Arts International.
Minerva Scientifica – THE FRANKLIN EFFECT (FHR51)
FHR are really excited to announce a new recording project in which we will be working with the contemporary music theatre ensemble, Electric Voice Theatre. We will release a fascinating set of works called ‘The Franklin Effect’ from the ensemble’s ongoing project ‘Minerva Scientifica’ (Judith Weir, Patron). This is a set of variations for vocal quartet, focusing on the work of DNA scientist ROSALIND FRANKLIN (1920-1958) at King’s College, London and her inspiration through f…our of the College’s current female scientists in collaboration with four composers – FRANCES-HOAD, WHITLEY, THOMPSON & PLOWMAN. The pieces were premiered at The Arts & Humanities Festival – Fabrication, at King’s College, London in October 2015 and will be recorded early June 2016, to be released in October 2016.
1. Cheryl Frances-Hoad (with Professor Elizabeth Kuipers): ‘Photo 51′
2. Lynne Plowman (with Dr. Claire Sharpe): ‘K-Ras’
3. Dr. Shirley J. Thompson (with Professor Ellen Solomon): ‘The Machinery of Replication’ & ‘Random Sequences’
4. Kate Whitley (with Professor Mairi Sakellariadou): ‘Theories of Quantum Gravity’
Violinist, Nazrin Rashidova and guitarist, Stanislav Hvartchilkov. Two incredible virtuosos. Soon to appear together on the FHR label!
Delighted to be able to publish for the first time, this magical gem of a concert, after over 18 months of negotiation! To be released in Spring 2016
Very happy that ‘VILSMAŸR: Six Partitas for Solo Violin’ (FHR38) is also pick of the month (Feb 16) for the best hi-resolution recording chosen by Gramophone Magazine’s Audio Editor. Here’s what he said:
“Just in case you thought high-resolution recording was only heard at it best when unravelling the complexities of large ensembles, this wonderfully atmospheric set of solo violin works really benefits from being heard in the 96kHz/24bit in which it was originally recorded. The instrument is beautifully focused, and the ambience of the recording venue – the small 17th century church of St Mary Magdalene in Willen, Bucks – adds a luminosity and presence to the captivating performances. Every note is crystal-clear, hanging in the recorded acoustic in a rather wonderful manner.”
Delighted that ‘VILSMAŸR: Six Partitas for Solo Violin’ (FHR38) has been chosen as Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the Feb 2016 mag.
“…this is music that demands our full attention, presented in such a manner as to ensure that it gets it…
they’re [Vilsmayr] intensely beautiful works that constantly tickle the ear with fresh moods, styles and effects as they dance along… Add the immaculate technical precision and immense musicality… of Jones’s playing and you have something of a recording triumph.
…Mystery Sonatas [Passagalia], played with a purity, profundity and sense of dramatic architecture that truly stops you in your tracks. Really, bravo.”